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José Brito: A Coal Miner Speaks!


By suren - Posted on 31 October 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. José Brito formerly worked at the Cerrejon mine in Colombia. He is a trade unionist representing thousands of workers at giant surface strip-mines. The Drummond and Cerejon mines produce 90% of Colombian coal exports. These help fire Massachusetts' Salem and Somerset electrical generating plants in addition to other generating stations in the United States.

Union advocacy work in Colombia is not easy! The country is the largest recipient of US military aid in the hemisphere and experiences the highest levels of paramilitary and official violence: including forced displacements, killings of journalists, trade unionists, and human rights activists. In fact, with several thousands assassinated, Colombia has the highest per-capita level of union leader assassinations in the world. These include several leaders from the Drummond mine.

A growing US network acts in solidarity with the unions and communities surrounding the mines. The latter have been severely and negatively impacted by the mines. This event will connect you with the coal miners and their allies in Eastern Massachusetts

Regional itinerary: 

Thursday, Nov. 4.

3:00 pm Centro Presente radio, 1600 AM
7:00 pm, public talk at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave. (Chinatown), Boston

Friday, Nov. 5.

7:00 pm, public talk (in Spanish), Iglesia de Dios, Union and Chestnut St., Lynn

Sunday Nov. 7

2:00 pm, public talk (in Spanish), St. Patrick Church, 282 Suffolk St., Lowell
7:00 pm “The Real Cost of Coal: Colombia to Salem,” First Church in Salem, 316 Essex St., Salem

Monday Nov. 8

11:00 am, public talk, Sullivan Bldg 109, Salem State College
3:30 pm, public talk, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Mugar 231, Tufts University

Tues. Nov. 9.

1:00 pm, public talk, Robert Rabin Lecture Hall, UMass Boston
Evening, Brown University event

Wed. Nov. 10.

2:00 pm, Ithaca College

Thurs. Nov. 11.

7:00 pm, public talk, International Affairs Building 901, Columbia University, NYC

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